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Celebrating 5 Years of Clean Meat Innovation

It was 5 years ago this August that Dr. Mark Post served up the world’s first clean meat hamburger. He grew the cells in vitro, with a $1 million grant from Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Five years ago, no one could have predicted that in 2018 there would be 15 different clean meat companies and that the technology would have attracted investments from some of the biggest venture-capital funds, investors, governments, and even some of the largest global meat companies.

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This September, we are very proud that Dr. Post is joining GFI and UC Berkeley’s Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology to co-host the Good Food Conference.

This tech event will facilitate critical conversations between renowned scientists, policymakers, investors, entrepreneurs, and companies interested in plant-based and clean meat moderated by journalists from top media outlets.

Panel highlights include:

  • Ezra Klein, Founder and Editor-at-Large at Vox, will lead a discussion on plant-based and clean meat policy with major influencers of U.S. food policy including Ann Veneman, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
  • Wired contributor Zara Stone will speak with leaders from some of the most pioneering companies in the plant-based meat space including Pat Brown (Impossible Foods) and Seth Goldman (Beyond Meat) to discuss innovating for mainstream consumer acceptance.
  • Jeff Bercovici from Inc. Magazine will discuss how capital can accelerate the plant-based meat industry with Lisa Feria (Stray Dog Capital), James Joaquin (Obvious Ventures) and other leading VCs.
  • Jacob Bunge from the Wall Street Journal will talk with Mark Post (MosaMeat), Eric Schultz (Memphis Meats), and other pioneering clean meat scientists about what excites them most about next steps for their companies and the industry as a whole.
  • The New York Times’ Nathaniel Popper will talk with representatives from key kosher and halal certification bodies about how they see clean meat fitting into Judaism and Islam.

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